An open day at the Blanka tunnel currently under construction in Prague attracted over 16,000 visitors on Tuesday, a spokesperson for builders Metrostav told reporters. Work had been halted on what was a state holiday, allowing tours of three sections. The tunnel, which is part of a Prague ring road, should be opened in late 2012. The project has caused some disruption and led to land caving in on three occasions.
A new exhibition at Prague’s Municipal Museum recalls the days when people only had one day off a week, but really knew how to make the most of it. Entitled Prague Restaurants on Days Out, it shows the largely disappeared world of hostelries where people would stop for refreshment at the end of a day-trip from the capital. Radio Prague spoke to the exhibition’s curator, Tomáš Dvořák, to find out more.
The Cannabizz 2010 international hemp fair opened in Prague on Friday offering a wide variety of hemp products, from cosmetics and clothes to food and medicine. Several dozen companies from the Netherlands, Austria, France, Germany and the US are presenting their goods. The three-day event is taking place under the watchful eye of the police, but organizers say everything on sale is perfectly legal. Although the Czech Republic has not legalized soft drugs, possession of a small amount of marihuana for one’s own use is not illegal.
A month ahead of local elections, Prague officials have revived efforts to legalize prostitution. City Hall has come up with a bill that would grant prostitutes the status of self-employed workers, and give the authorities the power to regulate the oldest profession. But passing the bill would require the Czech Republic to pull out of a convention on human trafficking, a move rejected by MPs in the past.
The quality of life in Hradec Králové is higher than in any other city in the Czech Republic, suggests a new survey. Prague came second in the study looking at 50 towns and cities, followed by Pardubice. Eleven factors were considered, including the rate of unemployment, property rental prices and life expectancy. Most in northern Bohemia came last in the survey.
Weeks after other political parties announced their candidates for Prague mayor in the upcoming municipal elections, the Civic Democrats have finally made public their own choice: sixty-six-year-old Bohuslav Svoboda, a former head of the Czech Medical Chamber. The Prague Civic Democrats are hoping Mr Svoboda – no stranger in the public eye - will help turn their fortunes around after they did poorly in Prague in the national election earlier this year. But, many observers say, they’ll face a tough battle.
Czech data protection authorities have stopped Google collecting new
images to update its Street View service. The Office for Personal Data
Protection this week rejected for a second time Google's application to
collect personal data on the grounds that the process could potentially
break the law. Czechs can already request their images be blurred out, but
there is still a question over car registration plates or facades of houses
appearing on Street View, which covers the capital Prague and three other
A spokeswoman for the office said the decision would not ban Google from using photographs already taken since the Czech launch of Street View in October 2009. She said talks over the use of data would continue.
The hugely successful American musician Kanye West was in Prague recently making what is being described as a movie to accompany his as yet untitled new album. The rapper kept fans informed about his time in the Czech capital via Twitter, saying he had been doing 16-hour shoots and describing filming here as “like a child’s delusions become reality!”
No visitor to Prague can fail to admire the beautiful National Museum, the dominant feature atop the long boulevard of Wenceslas Square. It is home to millions of items of natural and social history. However, today’s edition of Spotlight focuses not on the exhibitions inside, but on the building of the National Museum itself, one of the instantly recognisable landmarks of the Czech Republic.
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Czech politicians condemn draft Russian bill as attempt to rewrite history